very interesting, and somewhat counter-intuitive (at least to me), new research shows that talking about “crushes, popularity, and other personal issues” does not have an impact on boys who do this regularly, but can lead to depression for girls. this article in the l.a. times reports.
“Talking about problems is a good thing, but too much talk is too much of a good thing,” one of the researchers said.
i have always thought it wonderfully healthy for kids to talk about their “stuff”. but this study shows there’s a limit, in a sense.
[the researcher] said girls got caught up in a “vicious cycle” in which depression or anxiety spurred rumination, which in turn led to increased depression or anxiety.
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